Rules

There is a difference between "rules" and required paperwork.  Even if you have the correct forms signed, you can not compete at the regional fair if your procedure or practices violate Intel International Science and Engineering Fair rules.  This issue is confusing, because ISEF's "rules wizard" will identify forms you need to complete, but will not identify the rules you need to follow.  Please be sure to read the rules that apply to your project and to share these rules with your adult sponsors.

Rules Applying to All Projects  
All Projects

Intel ISEF Ethics Statement

Intel ISEF Eligibility/Limitations

Intel ISEF Requirements

Continuation of Projects

Team Projects

Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults

The Student Researcher(s)

The Adult Sponsor

The Qualified Scientist

The Designated Supervisor

The Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Affiliated Fair Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

Other Review Committees

The ISEF Scientific Review Committee

Display and Safety Regulations

General Requirements

Maximum Size of Project

Items Required to be Visible at Project at the Intel ISEF

Items Required to be at Project But Not Displayed at the Intel ISEF

Handouts and Official Abstract at the Intel ISEF

Items Not Allowed at Project or in Booth

Items Allowed at Project or in Booth BUT with the Restrictions Indicated

Electrical Regulations at the Intel ISEF

Other Intel ISEF Information and Requirements

Rulebook for ISEF 2014
Rule Changes and Modifications  
Rule Changes and Modifications for 2013 - 2014

Human Participants:

  • The term, human subjects, has been changed to human participants.

Vertebrate Animals:

  • Zebrafish embryos are not considered vertebrate animals until 7 days (168 hours) post fertilization

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents:

  • Laboratory studies culturing KPC (Klebsiella pneumonia) must be conducted in a BSL-2 laboratory in Registered Research Institution with documented IBC review and approval

  • Self-sampling of capillary blood for analysis can be conducted in a home setting (e.g. glucometer reading)

Subject Specific Rules  
Human Participants

Rules

Informed Consent

Risk Assessment

Sources of Information

Vertebrate Animals

Rules for ALL Studies Involving Vertebrate Animals

Additional Rules for Projects Conducted in a Non-regulated Site

Additional Rules for Projects Conducted in a Regulated Research Institution Sources of Information

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents

Rules for ALL Studies Involving Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents

Additional Rules for Projects Involving Unknown Microorganisms

Additional Rules for Projects Involving Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Technologies

Additional Rules for Projects Involving Tissues and Body Fluids Including Blood and Blood Products

Risk Assessment

Classification of Biological Agents Risk Groups and Levels of Biological Containment

Sources of Information

Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices

Rules for ALL Studies Involving Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices

Additional Rules for Projects Involving DEA-controlled Substances, Prescription Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives

Risk Assessment for Hazardous Chemicals, Devices and Radiation

Sources of Information